The Di­ary

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The month ahead



It’s the sixth year of The Lit­tle Or­chard Cider and Mu­sic fes­ti­val, a charm­ing Cor­nish party with some big live bands, a groovy silent disco, the BBC In­tro­duc­ing stage, camp­ing and glamp­ing, se­cret cider walks and cider tast­ing all in the beau­ti­ful grounds of Healey’s Cy­der Farm.

For fam­i­lies, the fes­ti­val is like a gi­ant play­ground with en­ter­tain­ment on hand and the chance to meet ponies, chick­ens, rab­bits, fer­rets, Pygmy goats and Cor­nish black pigs. You can also take a trac­tor ride around the beau­ti­ful grounds and blos­som­ing or­chards.

Mu­sic is at the heart of Lit­tle Or­chard and the party kicks off in cider­tas­tic style on Fri­day with vet­eran West­coun­try group The Wurzels.

Head­lin­ing on the open­ing night are Hay­seed Dixie - friends who got to­gether in Ten­nessee to drink whisky and per­form ten clas­sic AC/DC songs rein­vented as Ap­palachian Moun­tain hill­billy rave-ups. That was 17 years ago and the band have pro­duced 14 al­bums of both orig­i­nal songs and rein­ter­pre­ta­tions mak­ing them undis­puted cre­ators of the mu­si­cal genre, Rock­grass.

On Satur­day it’s the turn of the big­gest Lit­tle Or­chard head­line act to date – the Fratel­lis. Fa­mous for chart top­pers Chelsea Dag­ger and Star­crossed Loser, the witty Glaswe­gian trio’s new al­bum In Your Own Sweet Time will mean a per­for­mance laced with old and new hits.

Also per­form­ing over the week­end - one man blues band Thomas Ford from the West­coun­try and now much in de­mand at blues, jazz and roots mu­sic fes­ti­vals across Europe and Lon­don/Belfast based high en­ergy pop rock duo REWS – songstress Shauna To­hill and beat-maker Col­lette Wil­liams.

The week­end will in­clude The Rat­tler Olympics – choose your team and rep­re­sent your na­tion, county or farm­yard and join in events such as Welly Wang­ing, Pig Rac­ing and The Bar­rel Push.

For in­for­ma­tion visit corn­wall­cider­fes­ti­

Hay­seed Dixie will give AC/DC songs a whiskey-soaked, Ap­palachian twist at Lit­tle Or­chard Cider and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

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